'Joker' tops Oscar nominations with 11; 3 other films get 10

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 2020

After Rae read out the nominations for best director, she quipped: "Congratulations to those men".

The Oscars have once again nominated no female directors this year by snubbing Little Women's Greta Gerwig, and Florence Pugh isn't happy.

Rae, star of HBO's "Insecure", is a writer, director, producer and actress.

Off the top of our heads, we're thinking of Little Women (Greta Gerwig), Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria), Booksmart (Olivia Wilde), The Farewell (Lulu Wang), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller), Honey Boy (Alma Har'el), and Harriet (Kasi Lemmons). Gerwig recently spoke out about her similar snub in the Golden Globe nominations.

For many, the statement was reminiscent of that made by Natalie Portman on the Oscar scene two years ago, when she introduced the category by saying, "And here are the nominees exclusively male".

Just one lady has ever received Best possible Director on the Oscars: Kathryn Bigelow, for 2009's "The Harm Locker", which additionally received Best possible Image and Best possible Unique Screenplay.

Pugh also argued that Gerwig, and women in general, getting left out of Best Director field only reinforces the theme of the film. See some of the less than enthusiastic Twitter responses to the Oscars' Best Director nominees below.

For an award ceremony that seems to pride itself on relevancy, this year's nominations are frankly boring.

Notably, the Director's Guild of America awards' best feature film category, the nominations for which were announced last week, also included an all-male lineup.

Todd Phillips' much-debated supervillain origin story and R-rated box-office smash "Joker" topped all films with 11 Academy Awards nominations on Monday, including best picture.

Gerwig ultimately scored a nominations in the best adapted screenplay category. "Little Women" was also nominated for the best original score and the best costume design.

Despite massive films from the past year being directed by women, not one female was recognized in the category.

Vying for second place with 10 nominations apiece are three films: Martin Scorsese's elegiac crime epic "The Irishman", Quentin Tarantino's 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale "Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood" and Sam Mendes' World War I tale "1917". She is the most brilliant creative talent in our industry today, and we are delighted that she and our handsome film have been recognized.

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